New Norwegian legislation proposed

In a new proposal to unite the Norwegian laws on equality and anti-discrimination, the Minister of Children, Equality and Social Inclusion, Solveig Horne, proposes among other things that the education sector will be covered by the regulation on accessibility in ICT.

- We hope this proposal is realised, Funka’s CEO Susanna Laurin comments. We are at the moment working on our consultation response, and in October we published an article in the Norwegian magazine Computerworld about the consequences on excluding persons with disabilities from the education sector. 

The proposal to extend the responsibility to comply with the requirements in the regulation on accessibility in ICT to the education sector is something that has been widely debated since the Discrimination- and Accessibility Act came into effect on January 1st 2009.

- From our perspective it is very unfortunate that the education sector was not covered by the accessibility requirements, Susanna Laurin continues. Denying children and adolescents with disabilities the right to the best possible education feels like a strange priority.

Already when the Norwegian government presented the proposal for regulation on accessible ICT solutions in 2012, Funka argued that the education sector should be included in the Discrimination- and the Accessibility Act.

Besides we have conducted a cost-benefit analysis on behalf of the Norwegian regulatory authority Difi, and in cooperation with Oslo Economics, of what this would mean at a societal, market and individual level.

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